Dr. Shakespeare or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bard

For many students, being handed their first Shakespeare play of the year is a dreaded event. "Shakespeare's boring!" "I don't get it!" "Why are we learning about what some dead white dude wrote hundreds of years ago?"However, with the right frame of mind, Shakespeare can be incredibly enjoyable. So there are a few things to...

Test Tumult

Every year, juniors across the country take either the ACT or SAT test to prepare for college entrance. But which would should you take? There are differences between the two, so it is important what to expect in each. Here is a breakdown of the two tests:ACTThere is a science section to the...

AP Awareness

If you are a junior or senior in high school, you may be taking an Advanced Placement (AP) class in hopes of getting some college credit. These classes are a terrific way to get ahead in college, but not just because of the possibility of skipping a freshman level class or two. The skills...

Saving Scores

When students take the ACT, they have the option to send their scores to up to four colleges where they are looking at applying. This is a free option during registration for the ACT, however, you might want to hold off on sending those scores right away. Here's why:Each time a student takes the...

Essay Prompts ’16-’17

The website The Common Application has announced its personal statement essay prompts for the 2016-2017 year. This website allows students to apply to over 600 colleges and universities around the world with one application form. While the form may be the same, the essay questions change from year to year. The essay prompts are designed...

ACT Anticipation

The ACT is coming up within the next 24-48 hours. Your child has studied hard (or maybe not at all). It's the point of no return. What can you, as a parent, do to help them make the most of the last few days before the ACT test? Here are a few ideas:Stay Positive. Just...

Summer Reading Programs

Summer is almost here, which for libraries across the nation, means summer reading programs will begin soon. Summer reading programs are one of the most effective ways to get your children, teens, and even yourself to read during summer break. Most libraries offer these programs for free, and by simply reading and logging what...

Teacher Gift Guide

The school year is almost over, and you want to get a gift for your child's teacher to thank them for teaching (and handling) your child all year. But before you break out the apple scented candle-lotion-potpourri gift basket, stop and ask yourself, "Is this a gift a teacher would really want?"Short answer: no.In...

Interpreting SAT Scores

For many in the Midwest and the Fox Valley Area here in Illinois, the SAT is a new concept. Most high schools have used the ACT for years, but now that school boards are switching over to the SAT starting as early as next school year, more students are starting to jump on the...

Finals: Finish Fabulously

Finals are just around the corner for students, and before we know it, another school year will be over. This may come as a relief to some students, but before summer snoozing can begin, you have to get through finals. How can you ensure that you finish the year with a bang? Well here...